The Danger of Oversharing on Social Media

By Terrance Sowells Kemp

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As  we all may have heard, Kim Kardashian was robbed in her hotel in Paris. While attending Fashion Week in Paris, two men in police uniforms held Kim Kardashian at gun point. The two men tied her up and locked her in the hotel room while they robbed her of $10 million worth of jewelry.

Once news of the incident spread to the media, both supporters and haters flocked to social media to share their concern and criticism. People blamed Kim, the victim of the incident, for the robbery. This is something that is defined as victim-blaming. People are saying that she had this coming.

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Kim Kardashian shows off her large diamond engagement ring that was stolen during the incident.

People are blaming Kim for the robbery due to the fact that she flashes all her expensive items and her success in our faces with all the social media accounts that she owns. They say that it is her own fault for sharing her life with the public instead of blaming the two men who held a defenseless woman at gunpoint in the safety of her own hotel room and tied her up in a bathroom.

On the other hand, Kim Kardashians social media presence may have been a factor in the incident. The potential for anyone to use whatever you share online against a person is something that is a danger to all of us. With social media we are sharing parts of our lives that we choose to let the world see. We show how look, what we own, where we live, where we are and places where we like to frequently visit. People, like the two criminals that robbed Kim Kardashian, can use this kind of information we share against us.

With all the social media apps that we have today, we can share exactly where we are at any given moment to the world. We may intend to only share this with our friends or, for people with such wide platforms as Kim Kardashian, with our fan bases. But we have to always remember that there are people out there with harmful motives. It is us to decide how much of our lives we share and keep our own safety in mind.

Even though Kim Kardashian may show to much of her life to the public (or flashing her success and fortune around as some may say), it is wrong to blame the victim for their own tragedy in any circumstance.

Resources

Fallon, Kevin. “Kim Kardashian Victim-Blamed Following Paris Robbery. She Deserves Better.” The Daily Beast. Newsweek/Daily Beast, n.d. Web. 09 Oct. 2016. <http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/03/kim-kardashian-victim-blamed-following-paris-robbery-she-deserves-better.html&gt;.

@claudiakoerner. “Kim Kardashian Robbed At Gunpoint In Her Paris Hotel Room.” BuzzFeed. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Oct. 2016. <https://www.buzzfeed.com/claudiakoerner/kim-kardashian-was-held-at-gunpoint-in-her-paris-hotel-room?utm_term=.ibrXJRqDD#.cfek8X244

“Instagram Photo by Kim Kardashian West • Sep 29, 2016 at 7:40pm UTC.”Instagram. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Oct. 2016. <https://www.instagram.com/p/BK86_2ijyaS/?taken-by=kimkardashian&hl=en&gt;.

 

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